ifelse returns a value with the same shape as
test which is filled with elements selected
depending on whether the element of
ifelse(test, yes, no)
an object which can be coerced to logical mode.
return values for true elements of
return values for false elements of
no are too short, their elements are recycled.
yes will be evaluated if and only if any element of
is true, and analogously for
Missing values in
test give missing values in the result.
A vector of the same length and attributes (including dimensions and
test and data values from the values of
no. The mode of the answer will be coerced from
logical to accommodate first any values taken from
yes and then
any values taken from
The mode of the result may depend on the value of
test (see the
examples), and the class attribute (see
oldClass) of the
result is taken from
test and may be inappropriate for the
values selected from
Sometimes it is better to use a construction such as
(tmp <- yes; tmp[!test] <- no[!test]; tmp)
, possibly extended to handle missing values in
Further note that
if(test) yes else no is much more efficient
and often much preferable to
ifelse(test, yes, no) whenever
test is a simple true/false result, i.e., when
length(test) == 1.
srcref attribute of functions is handled specially: if
test is a simple true result and
yes evaluates to a function
its attribute (the same applies to a false
argument). This functionality is only for backwards compatibility, the
if(test) yes else no should be used whenever
no are functions.
Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.
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x <- c(6:-4) sqrt(x) #- gives warning sqrt(ifelse(x >= 0, x, NA)) # no warning ## Note: the following also gives the warning ! ifelse(x >= 0, sqrt(x), NA) ## ifelse() strips attributes ## This is important when working with Dates and factors x <- seq(as.Date("2000-02-29"), as.Date("2004-10-04"), by = "1 month") ## has many "yyyy-mm-29", but a few "yyyy-03-01" in the non-leap years y <- ifelse(as.POSIXlt(x)$mday == 29, x, NA) head(y) # not what you expected ... ==> need restore the class attribute: class(y) <- class(x) y ## ==> Again a case where it is better *not* to use ifelse(), but ## both more efficient and clear: y2 <- x y2[as.POSIXlt(x)$mday != 29] <- NA stopifnot(identical(y2, y)) ## example of different return modes: yes <- 1:3 no <- pi^(0:3) typeof(ifelse(NA, yes, no)) # logical typeof(ifelse(TRUE, yes, no)) # integer typeof(ifelse(FALSE, yes, no)) # double
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